I always relish the first week of classes, primarily because this is when everyone goes into serious “dress to impress” mode. If you think now that your campus is full of people looking flawless one hundred percent of the time, you’ll be in for a surprise in the coming weeks when late night cram sessions interrupt a healthy sleep cycle and many college students fall into the vices of yoga pants and running shorts paired with that grey Kent State hoodie that everyone on campus seems to own. The fun of it all is guessing which ones will fall into that unfortunate cycle and which ones you can expect to envy for their stellar style all year round.
This freshman Fashion major, I predict, will almost certainly be the latter. While to most, “dressing up” implies that you load yourself up on accessories and as much eye makeup as possible, this Fashionista completed her ensemble with only four, yes, FOUR pieces. A self-admitting accessory fiend myself, that’s about 10 less elements than what I typically put together. I loved her glasses, a pair that complemented her facial shape perfectly. The glasses create such a strong impression that much makeup wasn’t needed. Matching the simplicity of her outfit, a strong shade of lipstick was the only makeup really necessary to compliment her strong frames.
I’m kind of relieved that the backpack is becoming an “it” bag, because I’ve tried fitting a textbook into a small cross-body and a shoulder bag, and trust me, it doesn’t work! It’s my absolute favorite thing in the world to find something that looks great and also properly serves a purpose. Although smaller backpacks seem to be more popular, this backpack is on my personal “to-buy-once-I-do-my-fall-closet-cleanout” list, because I love traveling. It’s not only sturdy, but I love the print! Every style of backpack seems to be getting a fashion upgrade. This Fashionista carries her schoolbooks in a unique (and also slightly vintage looking) faux leather backpack. It requires no embellishments or pins because it looks gorgeous all on its own!
The reason simple outfits like this work, is because of the details that the individual pieces bring. For example, the shirt is flowy and angelic with a large lace detail that complements the plain maxi skirt with a knot in it. The knot at the bottom of the skirt is another detail I’ve noticed this semester. The high-low skirt seems to be losing its momentum, and this style seems to be its replacement.
One Simple Change: The day I found our Fashionista, it was a bit rainy and unpredictable (I mean, it IS Kent after all!). Luckily she was headed to her dorm and was probably inside when the downpour finally arrived, sparing her some soaked feet! Protect your feet a little bit more by wearing a classic pair of Keds that just happen to look great with everything. To keep your skirt from getting drenched, just tie it in a knot slightly above your ankles!